Excerpt: "There comes a point in every play when it’s futile to continue. It’s a moment that Giants quarterbacks coach Sean Ryan calls the “ceiling,” that point when you’re better off moving onto the next down.
It’s this very moment that Eli Manning has made a career of defying, for better (two Super Bowl MVPs) or worse (this season). And if the Giants’ franchise QB is going to shake out of his horrific slump, he’ll need to continue to ignore that ceiling moment.
“You’ve got to be smart,” Ryan said, “and at the same time, not take away the aggressive nature of these players.”
Manning’s game has always been defined by its gutsiness, and that’s exactly what the Giants need now. This is a QB who carved his niche by routinely pushing plays past that point of no return (remember David Tyree?), and now, the Giants need every bit of that gambling moxie.
It’s what Antrel Rolle called for in his weekly paid WFAN radio spot, when he said he hopes the Giants will “let it all hang out” against the Vikings on Monday night.
“You’re 0-6,” Rolle said. “You can’t be scared to make a mistake. This game is a result of who can make that big play, who can make that game-changing play.”
Nobody is better at that than Manning, Ryan said. The league-leading 15 interceptions seem to show a QB who is taking too many risks or making too many mistakes, but Ryan said neither is true.
To Ryan, Manning has actually been correcting mistakes. In the first game, Ryan said, the Giants had “a couple issues in our screen game that we talked about and they haven’t arisen since then.” Ryan added that Manning isn’t always taking risks.
“He reads defenses very well,” Ryan said, “so what might seem at times like gunslinging, there’s a lot of prep that goes into him deciding to throw the ball there.”
Manning needs to keep throwing passes into those tight windows and keep throwing without caution. It’s the only way Manning knows how to be effective, and Ryan is convinced that it will soon be effective again.
“I’ve got a hundred percent confidence and belief in this guy,” Ryan said. “I can’t say that enough.” Read more...